Patel's six sends Ireland packing
Discarded by England, Samit Patel proved his worth with 6 for 13 in Nottinghamshire's nail-biting two-wicket win over Ireland in Dublin, winning with one ball to spare. Ireland managed just 140 from their 34 overs after rain had delayed the start of the match, yet the visitors struggled to 77 for 5 when Ali Brown departed for 32. Wickets were shared around by the Ireland seamers, and they were on the brink of an upset when Ryan Sidebottom was run-out for 2. However, Paul Franks (11 from 11) and Luke Fletcher saw them home off the penultimate ball. Neither Ireland or Scotland, the two Associate nations in the Friends Provident Trophy, have recorded a single win out of a combined total of 12 matches this season.
Rain prevented Leicestershire and Worcestershire's match from finishing at Grace Road, with Worcestershire reaching 67 for 1 from just eight overs before the heavens opened.
Martin van Jaarsveld's superb 132 went in vain for Kent as Somerset's Peter Trego took 4 for 56 in their comprehensive 45-run win at Canterbury. van Jaarsveld's hundred, which came from 103 balls, stood out like a beacon as he lost partner after partner with Kent chasing a sizeable 297. Justin Kemp was the next highest scorer with 29, and though van Jaarsveld eventually reached a career-best, Somerset were already home and dry. Somerset's innings was built around fifties from Marcus Trescothick (56), Justin Langer (77 from 60) and Zander de Bruyn (72 from 83)
Scotland put up a better fist of things in their pursuit of their first win of the tournament, but couldn't haul down a revised 238 from 48 overs, eventually collapsing to their sixth straight loss against Warwickshire in Edinburgh. Scotland were reasonably well placed at 131 for 3 but lost Neal McCallum for a breezy 22, followed by two more quick wickets, to leave them stumbling on 139 for 6. Craig Wright did his best with a quickfire 28 from 19 balls, but with wickets tumbling and the required rate in excess of 10-per-over, Scotland folded meekly. Ant Botha was the pick of Warwickshire's attack, grabbing 3 for 27, in addition to his sprightly 28-ball 37 in his side's 242 for 6. Jim Troughton top-scored with a calm 77 from 125.